Last night we received some fire wood for our upcoming campfire. The delivery arrived in the dark. We carried the wood (I used a wagon) from the street through our back yard and into the woods. Very few light rays reached into the woods, except when I switched on my flashlight. When I was loading my little red wagon on the street, my wife Nancy and two others were carrying back into the woods. Apparently, no sooner after my wife warned a person of a log that was near our fire site, my wife tripped and fell over that log. As of last night, she experienced no pain or bruises.
Walking in darkness, my wife stumbled and fell. All of us need light to see. If we don't have light, we too will trip and fall.
Jesus declares himself to be the light. If you follow him, the light, you will never walk in darkness. (We are talking spiritually here.) You will never stumble over the logs of life. With the light of Jesus you will see where you are going.
As I meditated on these words, I observed something else. Jesus said, "Whoever follows me..." Jesus' words imply something that he later states, "He is the way" (John 14:6). If we follow someone, that means we are on a journey. We have not come to our destination, we are still walking.
What is God's will for our life? To walk with Jesus, our flashlight, in the midst of the darkness. As we walk in the darkness, we don't see the destination, but as long as we are with the light, we are in the right place. God may or may not give us a glimpse of the destination. But, as long as you are with the light, you will be alright. So, stay within the beams of the light.